Apedale Heritage Centre,
Newcastle-under-Lyme. Heritage Centre to Apedale Road, a little over
¼ mile (0.5 km). Extension proposed to Miry Arena, a further ¾ mile
(1.4 km). 2 ft (610 mm) gauge, steam and diesel hauled.
Kingsley & Froghall to Leek Brook, the principal station being
Cheddleton (near Leek), 5¼ miles (8.6 km). On certain days trains
continue from Leek Brook to Cauldon Low, a further 8 miles (12.9 km).
Extension planned from Leek Brook to Leek, about a further 1 mile
(1.6 km). Possible future extension from Kingsley & Froghall to
Oakamoor, a further 2 miles (3.2 km). Possible involvement in the
projected reopening of the line from Leek Brook to Stoke-on-Trent,
about 12 miles (19 km). Other proposals include extending from
Oakamoor to Alton Towers, and reopening the branch from Cresswell
to Cheadle, Staffordshire. Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled.
Dining trains operate at certain times.
Lydney Junction (near Arriva Trains Wales Lydney station) to
Parkend, the principal station being Norchard. 4 miles (6.4 km).
Possible future extension to Speech House Road, a further 2¼ miles
(3.6 km). Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled and diesel
railcars. Dining trains operate at certain times.
The Polperro Express 2 ft (610 mm) gauge line circling
the park, with its main station in the Fisherman's Wharf area.
Diesel hauled, steam outline locomotive.
Thomas Land Railway 2 ft gauge line about 550 yards (500 m)
in length, linking the museum / zoo area with the Thomas Land
section of the park. Diesel hauled, steam outline locomotives based
on the Thomas the Tank Engine character.
(Website contains little information relating to railways)
Bodymoor Heath, near Sutton Coldfield. Steam and diesel hauled
miniature railway located in Kingsbury Water Park. 7¼ inch (184 mm) gauge
miniature railway about 1¼ miles (2 km) in length. Steam and diesel
Caverswall Road station, Blythe Bridge. Line about 2½ miles
(4 km) in length. Standard gauge. Steam and diesel hauled. Also a Miniature
Railway at Caverswall Road station, line about 950 yards (870 m) in
length, 5in (127 mm) and 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, steam, petrol or battery
Cheltenham Racecourse to Laverton: 11½ miles (17.7 km). Extension
under construction to Broadway, a further 2¼ miles, (3.6 km). Possible
future extension to Honeybourne. Standard gauge, steam or diesel
Kidderminster to Bridgnorth: 16 miles (25.7 km). Standard gauge.
Usually steam hauled with some diesel services. Dining trains operate
at certain times. Also the Coalyard Miniature Railway at Kidderminster station,
line 500 yards (450 m) in length, 7¼ in (184 mm) gauge, usually steam
Near Tamworth. Private railway open to the public on certain days,
visits must be booked in advance. The main line (Field Railway)
is over 3 miles (5 km) in length, dual 2 ft (610 mm) and 2 ft 6 in
(762 mm) gauge. The Garden Railway has 2 ft (610 mm), 10¼ in (260 mm)
and 7¼ in (184 mm) gauges. The Burton & Ashby Tram, a former
electric tram converted to operate with a diesel generator, runs on its
own 3 ft 6 in (1067 mm) gauge line. There is also a short standard gauge
(1435 mm) line. During the summer months, but not when the line is
open to the public, the Field Railway is used for the transport of
harvested crop seeds (borage, camelina and flax) from the fields to
the Grain Store.
Lawley Village (near Telford) Horsehay & Dawley or Spring Village:
each about ½ mile (0.8 km). Spring Village is currently the principal
station but it is proposed to extend facilities at Lawley Village to
allow park and ride. Extension under construction to Doseley (a further
1 mile, 1.6 km) and proposed to the site of the former Ironbridge Power
Station. Standard gauge. Steam or diesel hauled. At Spring Village there
is also a unique ¼ mile (360 m), 2 ft (610 mm) gauge steam tram line
and a miniature railway.
Besides other excursions, the company operate the
Shakespeare Express,a Summer Sunday steam train service
over the Network Rail line between Birmingham Snow Hill station
and Stratford-upon-Avon (25 miles, 40 km), calling at Tyseley for
the Birmingham Railway Museum.